Resting in the arms of Jesus – what does that mean? Trusting in our Lord…completely – how do you do that when life is so full of responsibilities and trials? Those are good questions which we may answer soundly one day and then need to wrestle down the next!
My first roommate in college was a believer. At the time, I was saved “so as by fire,” (1 Cor. 3:15) which means that I was a baby Christian. She was a rock! She ate meat from the Word and it showed, while I hadn’t even established the habit of reading my Bible!
At the time, I thought she was weak. She always seemed to lean on someone else for decisions, especially God. It seemed like a cop-out to me. But when her father died our freshman year, I fell apart and she rested in the arms of Jesus!
Why must we hold on so tightly to the reins of our lives? In the next few months, both of our sons are facing live-changing decisions. Those decisions may also change my life, and I have stewed and worried and begged God to do what suits ME best! What a nag I’ve been! I try to couch my prayers with “Thy will be done,” but He knows and I know my heart!! 😦 God is teaching me to rest!
I often think back to our family’s trips to Canada. We would leave very early in the morning. My sister and I would snuggle down in the back seat and before we knew it, we were at Niagara Falls, crossing the border. Why was I able to just sit back and relax? I never once asked Dad if he knew the way or if the gas tank was full or if he was even sleepy and ready to fall asleep at the wheel. I TRUSTED HIM COMPLETELY!
What a rebuking lesson for me! My dad was a wonderful man and was certainly trustworthy; but oh, how much more is my Heavenly Father worthy of my trust? There’s no comparison!
As I prayed for my sons this morning, I realized once again that I can trust God completely to guide them in the way that they should go; and how blessed I am that both sons are seeking the Lord’s leading even more than me! Such a peace came to my heart that I needed to share it with you! The wonderful thing about spiritual attributes and blessings is that they are available to all who believe! You don’t have to be rich or smart or talented or important to trust God! It only takes one thing: surrender!
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6